Definition of commis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmi/
(also commis chef)

noun (plural same /ˈkɒmi/ /ˈkɒmɪz/)

A junior chef.
Example sentences
  • The contest brings together 24 invited countries from around the world, challenging 24 chefs and their commis to be judged by the most senior chefs in the world.
  • I imagine chefs bully their commis now by shouting: ‘What's your motivation for this collection of ingredients?’
  • And if the father is not a cordon bleu chef, he could still be a commis chef and clean the pots and pans.


1930s: from French, 'deputy, clerk', past participle of commettre 'entrust', from Latin committere (see commit).

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